The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that this message finds you and your family well. As we get closer to the Thanksgiving Holiday, it has become abundantly clear that travel and large gatherings are not recommended. It has been reported that the safest way to celebrate is with your immediate family or those currently residing in your household. Outdoor gatherings have also been recommended, along with reminders for social distancing and mask wearing. In an effort to provide you with the areas of high virus prevalence, please click here.

In an effort to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 transmission after holiday exposure, the entire Hoboken Public School District will shift to remote learning for the week of Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 4th. Children who are on remote learning during this second declaration period will remain on their remote learning plan during this week. Those children who are currently onsite during this second declaration period will remain with their onsite teacher using a synchronous teaching schedule that will be provided for that week.

The Google Form for the 3rd Declaration of Intent will be going out next week and is now set to begin on Monday, December 7th. That declaration will once again offer both an onsite and a remote learning option for all families. Yet, all families need to be aware that at any time, our district may need to shift to all remote based on the rising COVID-19 conditions.

As you know, we have been working diligently to follow all guidelines and directives set forth by the Department of Health. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, we are required to create and submit a contract trace list that identifies all individuals that were within 6ft for 15 cumulative minutes within a 24 hour period to the Department of Health. The Department of Health will then investigate and require self quarantine when applicable and recommend testing. If the positive case is symptomatic, the contact tracing goes back 72 hours. If the positive case is asymptomatic, the contact tracing goes back 48 hours. Sometimes this process leads to the self quarantining of one or two people (either students or staff). Sometimes it leads to up to twenty or more people (either students or staff). There are times that we can shift one classroom to remote instruction due to self quarantining. Sometimes we need to shift a grade level or school, depending on staffing. Keep in mind that the requirement to self quarantine is to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

At this time, we have placed the 8th Grade at Hoboken Middle School on remote learning and one section of 6th Grade on remote learning for this coming week and the week after due to a positive COVID-19 case. We also had a positive COVID-19 case at the high school resulting in the requirement of self quarantining by a circle of students and two staff members.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. In the midst of this trying time, take a moment to see all of the good things that continue to happen in the Hoboken Public Schools. We are all doing our best during this very complex period of time.

*Parents and Guardians, if you are interested in participating in a Book Study Group with our Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please scroll to the bottom of The Herald and complete the Google Form.


Christine Johnson



A Chat With Hoboken Public Schools Superintendent Christine Johnson



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On November 12th, Connors School Vice Principal, Ryan Sorafine, served as a Move this World panelist to emphasize ways that Hoboken Elementary Schools create safe and supportive environments.
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Team Wilderness Partnership for Hoboken Middle & High School Students

Christopher Della Fave, Hoboken Public School District's Director of Innovative Programs is working diligently to arrange for new programs this school year. Most people know Mr. Della Fave from his work with the Passport to Learning After School Program. However, he is now branching off and focusing on unique wellness programs to connect Hoboken Middle and High School Students.

Recently, Mr. Della Fave partnered with the Hoboken Sailing Club to design and implement a program open to all 6th through 12th grade students in the district at no cost. He also partnered with Resilience Paddle Sports to offer stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.

Now, our Middle and High School students have the opportunity to engage with Team Wilderness, a non-profit organization that uses an experiential educational model to teach urban teenagers teamwork, leadership and character.

TEAM Wilderness and Hoboken Public Schools are offering 2 hiking adventures at no cost to the students of the Hoboken Middle and High School. Depending on the forecast, students will have the opportunity to hike through Harriman State Park or another NY/NJ trail system in the area. The exact location will be announced closer to the date.

These 2 dates are a wonderful opportunity to get outside, enjoy the local mountains and the great outdoors. No hiking or outdoor experience is needed to participate. This wonderful opportunity is open to all HMS and HHS students.

Dates - Please make sure you select the correct date for the grade level that your child is in.

Middle School Date - Only

Saturday, November 14th

7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

High School Date - Only

Sunday, November 15th

7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


There is a limit of 12 spaces per day. The number of seats remaining can be seen when completing your child's enrollment. Students and families are responsible for meeting and gathering point. These events are weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, there will be no make-up dates.


Students are responsible for bringing their own food and snacks for the day's adventure. There will be a lot of calories burned so be sure to pack enough food and water to replenish! A more detailed list of what to wear will be emailed closer to the event.


Provided by TEAM Wilderness - 50 passenger school bus


7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students will self dismiss upon return (2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. depending on traffic)

Meet Up Location

Students and families are responsible for meeting and gathering in Front of Wallace School at 1100 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030.


Please use this site to enroll your child in this outdoor adventure!

Urgent Lifesaving Blood Drive

The City of Hoboken will be sponsoring yet another lifesaving blood drive on Monday November 16, 2020 at the Hoboken Multi-Service Center at 124 Grand Street. These drives are extremely important in helping us to ensure that there is a safe and ample supply of blood in our communities. As a society we have faced tremendous challenges from CODID-19. As an unintended consequence of COVID-19 and the social distancing guidelines that have helped to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, blood collections have been severely impacted. In 2019 New Jersey high schools and colleges accounted for over 18%, or approximately 37,000 units, of total blood collections in the state. From January through March 2020, 9,465 units were collected through high school and college blood drives prior to the shutdown, a loss of approximately 23% as compared to the same period in 2019. From April through June 2020, only 437 units were collected at high school and college drives as compared to over 10,000 units for the same period in 2019. The loss for the 2020-2021 school year from September through December 2020 is projected at over 16,000 units.

Breathe to Perform for Families

On September 1st Breathe to Perform provided a district wide staff Professional Development on Respiratory Health in a Time of COVID-19. I’m pleased to announce that we have now partnered with Breathe to Perform to offer a once a month Parent/Guardian series with David Bidler and Lex Clark, founders and CEOs of Breathe to Perform. Both David and Lex have participated in state of the art neurological protocols with leading neuroscience expert Dr. Andrew Huberman at Stanford University, as well as Dr. Jose Herrero of Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and North Shore University Hospital where David worked with Dr. Herrero to develop real time breath control protocols to better map the neuro-network of the brain. Our Breathe to Perform Parent Series kicks off on Tuesday, October 20th at 3:50 p.m. via Google Meet. The first three editions of the Breathe To Perform family edition will cover topics related to The Impacts of Masks and will open with a powerful conversation on The hidden opportunities of wearing masks at school. For more information about David, Lex and Breathe to Perform please visit their website at

If you would like to participate, please visit the Google MeetUp Link to join:

Breathe to Perform: The Latest Science of Stress Management and Adaptation in Schools

Date: November 17, 2020

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

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Breathe to Perform: Three Tips on How to Improve Mental Focus at School and Home

Date: December 15, 2020

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

How to Strengthen your Mind, Body, and Family Connection

Date: January 12, 2021

Time 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

Simple Strategies for a Fit Family: The 80/20 Rule

Date: February 9, 2021

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:

March Madness: Family Fit Challenge

Date: March 2, 2021

Time: 3:50 - 4:20

Google MeetUp Link:


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Check Out Our College Academic & Merit Scholarship Totals

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Take A Look At Our 4-Year H.S. Graduation Cohort Rate

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Our District's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This summer, I presented a resolution to the Board of Education that exemplifies our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Board Members unanimously approved my resolution. The resolution not only guides our work, but reflects our values and promise to all students and staff in the district. To review the resolution, please see the attachment below.

Hoboken Public Schools - A District Dedicated to Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

Our Vision

The Hoboken Public School District will be recognized as a premier educational choice and widely known as a best-practice model for academic growth, high quality instruction, innovative and equitable programs, engagement, facilities and personalized pathways that are essential for college, career and life-preparedness in our ever-changing, interconnected global society.

Our Mission

The Hoboken Public School District will prepare confident and resilient graduates who value academic achievement, embrace challenge, honor diversity, appreciate collaboration, and respectfully contribute to their local and wider communities.

Our District Goals

The Hoboken Public School District will implement a rigorous, relevant and responsive curriculum that meets the needs of all students, fosters personalized pathways for learning, and ensures continuous academic growth.

The Hoboken Public School District will support its diverse staff in professional growth, encourage them to serve as role models, and empower them to provide the highest quality of instruction for our students.

The Hoboken Public School District will develop and implement unique and innovative programs that promote global learning, ensure equitable access, and foster the social, emotional and academic growth of each student.

The Hoboken Public School District will engage and communicate with families and the wider community to bridge understanding and advance partnerships.

The Hoboken Public School District will operate well-maintained and safe facilities that respond to our growing student enrollment, support our academic and co-curricular programs, and promote pride across the city.